In recent days, America has been focused on Oregon and the group of militia members who are currently occupying a federal wildlife building. The militia members claim that they are there to support the Hammonds, ranchers who were jailed for burning federal land and who have to report back to prison today. However, the Hammonds have said something totally different.
CBS News reported that the Hammonds have clearly stated that the militia members, lead by Ammon Bundy, do not represent them and they do not condone their actions.
The Hammond family lawyer, W. Alan Schroeder, issued a statement as reported by ConservativeTribune.com:
“Neither Ammon Bundy nor anyone within his group/organization speak for the Hammond family.”
This statement is somewhat surprising, given that two Hammond family members are going back to prison on the same charges they were previously jailed for. And yes, that is (or should be) considered double jeopardy and un-Constitutional.
Despite being told to leave by several members of the Oregon community they are in, and the ranchers they claim they are defending, the militias continue to occupy the building and demand that the government stop taking over land.
“That’s not exactly what I thought should happen, but I didn’t know what to do,’ said Cliven Bundy, Ammon’s father, who had his own showdown with the federal government in 2014. ‘You know, if the Hammonds wouldn’t stand, if the sheriff didn’t stand, then, you know, the people had to do something. And I guess this is what they did decide to do. I wasn’t in on that.”
Whether you agree with the militia members’ actions or not, it’s obvious that President Obama has blatantly ignored the Constitution and expanded the powers of the federal government to unprecedented levels.
The group that decided to take over this federal wildlife refuge had to know their actions carried serious consequences, and there was a high probability they would be arrested, imprisoned or even killed. Evidently they felt they had to make a stand against the overreach of the federal government – similar to what the Founding Fathers did against the tyranny of King George III and Great Britain.
Do you think the Oregon ranchers and militia members went too far… or were they justified to stand up against the oppressive Obama Administration?
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